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GSIS orders Sofitel to vacate due to decade-long arrears

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

French luxury hotel brand Sofitel

The “notice to vacate” was due to Sofitel’s non-payment of monthly land rental for 25 long years which is now estimated to have reached P101 million.

GSIS management argued that though Sofitel was able to pay the P9 million monthly rental for its building, the hotel did not pay its dues for other properties like the Japanese restaurant, parking space and tennis court among other amenities.

“Itong mga bagay bagay na to hindi kami binabayaran ng mga utang nila talagang nakaka irita ito at hindi nakakatulong sa aming sitwasyon ito, lumalala ang problema namin,” said Atty. Jesus Clint Aranas, President and General Manager of GSIS.

In a statement, Atty. Dianne Christie Rosacia, the legal counsel of Philippine Plaza Holdings Inc.,which operates Sofitel said, “PPHI has been complying with all its contractual obligations to GSIS, including the payment of rent.”

Rosacia added that, “The controversy concerns only two small lots, and not the hotel itself or the land where it stands. There is no reason for the controversy to affect hotel operations in any way.”

Sofitel has until May 13 to pay its dues otherwise the hotel will be compelled to vacate the land as stated on the notice issued by GSIS. Also, the government insurance company will defer its plans to file a lawsuit against Sofitel should it complies with GSIS’ demand.

GSIS is increasing its collections to further sustain its fund life.

The government insurance agency will also look into other tenants in nearly 60 of its properties to check for non-payment of rentals.

“I will tell you, I will assure you na since na identify ko na yan, unti unti na yan. I have started the engine already, and this will steam roll. Right now I don’t have the figures pero lugi kami,” Aranas said.

Aside from large establishments, there are also around 12,000 smaller establishments that have outstanding arrears from GSIS. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News

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GSIS opens scholarship opportunities to members’ kin

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018


The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has announced the opening of scholarship applications for  children and relatives of its members who wish to enter college.

The agency will grant education opportunities to 400 would-be college students who will receive P40,000 worth of tuition and miscellaneous fees. Each scholar will also receive P3,000 monthly stipend.

“Ang pagpili ay pababaan ng sweldo. Iyong mga miyembro natin na pinakamababa ang sweldo iyon ang malaking tsansa na makapasok,” said GSIS Head for Corporate Social Advocacies Department Ryan Palad.

(Selection is based on the lowest salary. Members who have lower salaries have higher chances of approval.)

Interested applicants should have at least three years experience as a government employee, with a salary grade of 24 or below, and was able to pay monthly premium contribution for the past six months.

Application form, list of requirements and list of accredited schools are made available on the agency’s official website. —  Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Serbisyong Kasangbahay holds first Grand People’s Day; offers free public services

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The first ever Grand People’s Day of the Serbisyong Kasangbahay of UNTV has provided various services to hundreds of residents of Taguig City, especially to the poor.

Ruth Garda Villamin was one of the beneficiaries at the Grand People’s Day.

She was emotional because, after three years, she was finally able to consult a doctor.

Ruth is suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, poor eyesight and breathing problems.

Ruth explained that she planned to visit the Serbisyong Kasangbahay office in UNTV but it is too far from her that is

“I’m thankful and with God’s mercy you have come here, thank God,” said Ruth.

Grand People’s Day offered free medical, dental, optical and legal service to the public.

“It’s a very good activity. Not all people can pay all the services we give. The good thing about this is that the conduct of the civic action is very organized,” said Muntinlupa Dental Chapter President Dr. Victor Victoria.

Various government agencies also participated in the activity such as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth and GSIS.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also conducted a free seminar to inform the public about the various modus operandi of criminals.

There is also a livelihood seminar for those seeking to learn and start a small business.

“To UNTV, Kuya Daniel, and Bro. Eli, thank you so much. This is a huge help for our constituents,” said barangay councilor Bing Lopena

“Many of our residents have benefited from the medical mission you conducted. Thank you so much,” said Coun. Carmi Ogalinola.

The Grand People’s Day of Serbisyong Kasangbahay is initiated by Kuya Daniel Razon.

Kuya Daniel is behind the many public service activities of UNTV like the libreng sakay or free-ride, free infant care center, free education, and several others.

Kuya Daniel’s major partner in the said public services is the Members Church of God International (MCGI) led by Bro. Eli Soriano— Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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COA to face GSIS this Sunday at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 3rd, 2017


GSIS Furies’ Rene Boy Banzali (#7) brings down the ball during the game against Senate Defenders. On Sunday, the two teams wil face different opponents as the UNTV Cup Season 6 elimination continues. (Cyron Monton / Photoville International)


MANILA, Philippines — Rookie team COA Enablers will face the GSIS Furies this Sunday on the UNTV Cup hard court in Pasig City Sports Center.

Enablers Coach Freddie Hubalde admits his side needs to gear up more to ace a win.

“Nakita na namin sila so siguro magdo-double effort kami sa depensa. At saka talagang kailangang madagdagan pa ang stamina ng player, kasi kinukulang kami pagka nagta-transition defense,” the basketball legend said.

(We have already seen how they play so maybe we will double our efforts on defense. And also we will really need to improve the stamina of our players because we really fall short during transition defense.)

Both teams thirst for victory as neither has won any of their games this season.

The Furies has played in two games and the Enablers in three.

Ex-pro basketball players Estong Ballesteros and Arnold Gamboa are expected to lead the COA team.

On the other hand, Rene Boy Banzali and Dennis Bunyi will pilot the GSIS team.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s second game will be packed with action by the DA Food Masters and Malacañang-PSC Kamao.

The third game awaits powerhouse team Senate Defenders and defending champion PNP Responders. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


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